Behind a brilliant pitching performance by Jacob deGrom and a big home run by Asdrubal Cabrera, the Mets took the series opener from the Padres, 5-1, on Friday night in San Diego.
Things you should know about tonight's game...
1) deGrom earned the win after allowing five hits over 7 1/3 scoreless innings. The lanky right-hander walked three and struck out eight. The performance lowered his season ERA to 2.06, and his career ERA against the Padres to 1.53.
2) Offensively, Todd Frazier got the Mets on the board with an RBI single in the first inning before Cabrera launched a three-run homer in the seventh to give deGrom some breathing room. The Mets extended the lead to 5-0 the following inning on an RBI double from Jose Lobaton.
3) For the first time in three starts, the Mets bullpen didn't let deGrom down. Jerry Blevins and A.J. Ramos got one out each to finish the eighth before Matt Harvey came in for his second relief appearance. Harvey allowed a solo home run to Franchy Cordero and walked Jose Pirela, but then induced a fly ball and a double play to close out the ninth inning and the win.
The Mets (16-8) continue their weekend series against the Padres (9-18) at Petco Park on Saturday at 8:40 p.m. ET. Jason Vargas, signed by the Mets for $16 million this offseason, is set to return from a broken right hand to make his first start of 2018. He will be opposed by youngster Joey Lucchesi, who is 2-1 with a 2.70 ERA for San Diego in his first Major League season. Catch the postgame show on SNY at midnight ET.